Who is Grace Poe?

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Her rise to political stardom in was smooth, quick, and unexpected. But Grace Poe's journey towards Malacañang was completely the opposite.

Full Name: Mary Grace Sonora Poe Llamanzares

Birthday: September 3, 1968

Known birthplace: Iloilo City

Party: Independent

Poe fought hard to prove she is qualified to run for president. She gave this remark to one of her staunch critics during the presidential debate in Cebu.

"Tinatayang higit 10 milyong mga Pilipino ang nakatira sa ibang bansa at marami doon ay may dual citizenship. Hindi nila ikinahihiya ang kanilang bansa pero gusto nilang mabuhay ng marangal at hindi manatili dito ng walang oportunidad. Kaya ako tumatakbo para magkaroon ng oportunidad at hindi manatili dito kahit walang oportunidad at magnakaw lamang."

Platform of Government: Heart in governance

Presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe is running on a platform of "putting heart in governance" or bringing back the government closer to the people.

Watch Election Roundtable: Platform of government

"True kailangan ng track record, true kailangan ng galing. Pero she's now pairing it up with puso, heart in governance. We need a government that empathizes with its people, that sympathizes and feels what the people are feeling," said Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, spokesperson of Poe during CNN Philippines' Election Roundtable.

Gatchalian added Poe also has plans on achieving inclusive growth, improving competitiveness, and has constantly pushed for the fight against drugs.

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"Our economy has expanded rapidly, but it's now time to give that trickle-down effect a bigger push. In terms of education, she's been batting for in-school feeding programs or free lunch box programs for all public school students to combat malnutrition inside the schools," he said.

"She has vowed to declare drugs as a national security threat. And improving competitiveness, the ease of doing business — registering businesses and synchronizing national laws to make sure that it's conducive for businessmen to set up businesses, especially for our small and medium enterprises."

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